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Conference celebrates women in agriculture

Amanda Nolz

Photo by Amanda NolzAttendees of the Women In Blue Jeans Conference take part in the "Hair on the Go" presentation.

It is often overlooked that the female in a farming operation plays a crucial role in the success of that business. This ranch partner wears many hats including: hired hand, meals-on-wheels service, chauffer, maid, errands-runner, fix-it gal and chore help. She can be found in the kitchen, in the feedyard, on a tractor or in a repair shop. She keeps the books, takes care of paperwork and makes sure the kids get to band practice and basketball games. She maintains several full-time jobs: housewife, farmer, career woman, mom and wife. She is a super hero – she is a ranch wife.

For these everyday agriculture super heroes, the Women In Blue Jeans (WIBJ) Conference was developed. Seven years ago, WIBJ started as a club for 15 local farm gals. These women met in the conference room of a crop insurance building, and they discussed everything from farm prices to maintaining good health. The need for fellowship in women in agriculture was strong, and soon, the word spread about WIBJ. This year’s event boasted an all-time attendance rate, with over 200 female participants. The 2009 WIBJ Conference was held in Mitchell, SD at the Dakota Wesleyan University Campus on Jan. 15-17.

“WIBJ is run by 14 volunteer committee members and financed by 55 sponsors,” said committee member, LeAnn Moe. “We work all year to put together a conference that will meet the needs of women in agriculture, at every age. Because of our great sponsors, we are able to offer this three-day conference at the low cost of $40 for registration fees. This is very attractive to our participants, who often skip out on more expensive events.”

It is often overlooked that the female in a farming operation plays a crucial role in the success of that business. This ranch partner wears many hats including: hired hand, meals-on-wheels service, chauffer, maid, errands-runner, fix-it gal and chore help. She can be found in the kitchen, in the feedyard, on a tractor or in a repair shop. She keeps the books, takes care of paperwork and makes sure the kids get to band practice and basketball games. She maintains several full-time jobs: housewife, farmer, career woman, mom and wife. She is a super hero – she is a ranch wife.

For these everyday agriculture super heroes, the Women In Blue Jeans (WIBJ) Conference was developed. Seven years ago, WIBJ started as a club for 15 local farm gals. These women met in the conference room of a crop insurance building, and they discussed everything from farm prices to maintaining good health. The need for fellowship in women in agriculture was strong, and soon, the word spread about WIBJ. This year’s event boasted an all-time attendance rate, with over 200 female participants. The 2009 WIBJ Conference was held in Mitchell, SD at the Dakota Wesleyan University Campus on Jan. 15-17.

“WIBJ is run by 14 volunteer committee members and financed by 55 sponsors,” said committee member, LeAnn Moe. “We work all year to put together a conference that will meet the needs of women in agriculture, at every age. Because of our great sponsors, we are able to offer this three-day conference at the low cost of $40 for registration fees. This is very attractive to our participants, who often skip out on more expensive events.”

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It is often overlooked that the female in a farming operation plays a crucial role in the success of that business. This ranch partner wears many hats including: hired hand, meals-on-wheels service, chauffer, maid, errands-runner, fix-it gal and chore help. She can be found in the kitchen, in the feedyard, on a tractor or in a repair shop. She keeps the books, takes care of paperwork and makes sure the kids get to band practice and basketball games. She maintains several full-time jobs: housewife, farmer, career woman, mom and wife. She is a super hero – she is a ranch wife.

For these everyday agriculture super heroes, the Women In Blue Jeans (WIBJ) Conference was developed. Seven years ago, WIBJ started as a club for 15 local farm gals. These women met in the conference room of a crop insurance building, and they discussed everything from farm prices to maintaining good health. The need for fellowship in women in agriculture was strong, and soon, the word spread about WIBJ. This year’s event boasted an all-time attendance rate, with over 200 female participants. The 2009 WIBJ Conference was held in Mitchell, SD at the Dakota Wesleyan University Campus on Jan. 15-17.

“WIBJ is run by 14 volunteer committee members and financed by 55 sponsors,” said committee member, LeAnn Moe. “We work all year to put together a conference that will meet the needs of women in agriculture, at every age. Because of our great sponsors, we are able to offer this three-day conference at the low cost of $40 for registration fees. This is very attractive to our participants, who often skip out on more expensive events.”

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